UPDATE: KSU presidential search committee sets input session

Search committee, firm begin work

UPDATE POSTED 11 A.M. DEC. 3, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The KSU Presidential Search Committee is hosting a public forum on Dec. 8, 2021, at 3 p.m. in the Carl H. Smith Auditorium in David H. Bradford Hall to solicit comments to assist in the development of the leadership profile the committee will adopt as part of the advertisement published to attract outstanding candidates for president.

“We want to know, what qualities are you looking for in the next KSU president? What challenges and opportunities do you see? ” the committee said in announcing the input sesion.

The community and KSU stakeholders are invited to attend this listening session and provide feedback to the committee. The session will also be broadcast via Zoom and listeners may submit comments to be read by the meeting moderator during the meeting. Comments may also be submitted via email to presidentialsearch@kysu.edu.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State University could have a new president recommendation by the end of April.

That was the timetable outlined as an 11-person search committee begins its work.

The Tennessee-based search firm of Myers McRae told the committee it will finalize search criteria and descriptions soon with a March 15 application deadline for candidates.

A first round of candidate finalists would be named and preliminary interviews — 45 minutes to an hour via Zoom — would be conducted April 6-7, company President Kenny Daugherty told the committee.

The committee then would narrow the field to candidates it wants to bring in for formal “sit down” interviews tentatively planned for April 13-14..

A finalist would then be picked for a campus visit with stakeholders and others sometime around April 28-29, Daugherty explained.

Committee members say they know what the university needs and that some elements of the K-S-U community remain skeptical.

“We need a president who understands how to be innovative, one who can do change that’s incremental, don’t have to be all at once but one who is willing to do it in a way that is in conjunction with building community,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

“Yes, I’ve seen the comments, I’ve heard the comments, my job is too listen to them, have conversations with them about it, but to make sure they understand how we are moving this institution forward,” he continued in response to questions and comments about private and public skepticism and criticism.

Thompson said he would ask the KSU Board of Regents about the possibility of adding at least one more member — a younger women and KSU alum — to the search committee.

The committee is recommending a replacement for Dr. M. Christopher Brown II who was forced out in July for financial irregularities that have left the university trying to overcome as much as $23 million in unpaid debt.

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